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sacrificial lambnoun [C usually singular]

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someone or something that is given to ​people in ​authority and is ​expected to be ​harmed or ​destroyed, ​especially in ​order to ​prevent other ​people or things from being ​harmed or ​destroyed: We ​knew the ​department would be a ​sacrificiallamb when the ​time came to ​cutcosts.
(Definition of sacrificial lamb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sacrificial lamb”
in Chinese (Simplified) 被牺牲的人(或物),牺牲品…
in Chinese (Traditional) 被犧牲的人(或物),犧牲品…
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